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26 November 2019
It is with great sadness that the ACE Radio Network acknowledges the passing of its founding owner, Geoff Handbury AO. Geoff passed away peacefully today, aged 94, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Hamilton, Victoria.
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Geoff began ACE Radio in 1994 with his late wife Helen and saw the company expand to house 13 stations and The Weekly Advertiser whilst he was at the helm.
Geoff wore many hats in his life – sailor, naval officer, farmer, entrepreneur and businessman, importer and exporter, radio network owner and, more importantly, devoted husband, father and friend. He was also a philanthropist who generously supported many regional communities, projects and organisations, including many within areas ACE operates in.
ACE Radio would simply not be the thriving business and regional radio stalwart it is without the guidance of Geoff, his knowledge and innovation, integrity, and passion for the industry.
Geoff was a treasured friend and mentor to the management and staff of the ACE Radio Network and will be remembered fondly. So many of our staff are grateful to Geoff and to Helen Handbury for the opportunity to work for a truly family oriented and regionally minded company.
The radio industry has lost a true gentleman today.
We offer our sincere condolences to his family.